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Cheney puts EMS levy on August ballot

If approved, measure would extend current tax rate for personnel, not equipment


The Cheney City Council unanimously agreed at their April 24 meeting to ask voters to approve an extension of the city’s emergency medical services levy with a ballot measure on Aug. 7.

The current levy is in its sixth and final year, set to expire at the end of 2018. The current levy amount is 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value, and Fire Chief Tom Jenkins stressed to the council that what is being asked from residents is an extension of that rate, not an increase.

Jenkins said the EMS levy is used solely for funding emergency medical personnel, unlike 2015’s levy lid lift t...

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